Monthly Archives: November 2012

Libraries’ Leadership Council Given a Tour of Alumi’s New Building


On November 5, WKU Libraries’ Leadership Council, in addition to related personnel from the Special Collections Library and the Kentucky Museum, was given a tour of the Augenstein Alumni Center Building under construction on campus. Within the facility, there will be space for displaying special collections and museum objects. There will also be opportunities for the Libraries to use the spaces therein for marketing purposes.

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Hillerich & Bradsby VP Talked about Louisville Slugger at Kentucky Live!


Rick Redman, VP for Corporate Communication for Hillerich & Bradsby was our guest. He talked about the history of the “Louisville Slugger” the iconic bat used by a majority of today’s major league baseball players as well as players in countless baseball, fastball and softball leagues around the country. This was part of WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! talk series taking place monthly at Barnes & Noble. Attending the event tonight were WKU Provost Gordon Emslie and Inerim Dean of WKU Libraries Connie Foster.
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The Commons @ Cravens Update


Thank you all for your continued patience with the renovation of Cravens 4th floor. Please express acknowledgement to the students too as you are able.  I wanted to provide a monthly update and let you know that everything is still on schedule for reopening in January. We’ve put banners on the walkway to Cravens and renderings inside Helm and Cravens to give you a glimpse of the transformation.

  • Ceiling clouds are being hung to define Circulation Services, the laptop counter and the Single Service Point (Research, Technology, and Writing). Ceiling tiles and light panels are being installed. The grids have been painted to give a fresh look to the ceiling.
  • November brings painting to be mostly completed, the carpentry to be finished, paneling to be installed, as well as carpeting and tile to be installed.
  • Certain areas of the 4th floor will be closed at different points through the month while the carpet and tile is being laid. During the week of November 12th the main area will be carpeted and tiled. For the couple of days that the breezeway is being tiled/carpeted we will have to lock it and close it off. The lobby area will be getting tiled on the week of November 19th (unless things are moved up), during which time the entrance off the bridge and access to that area of the floor will be closed off, presumably only for a few days.

We will let you know specifically when the 4th floor entrance will not be available when the lobby area is being retiled as I know some students have concerns about access to that HigherOne ATM.

Thank you.

Connie Foster, Interim Dean
WKU Libraries

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Party Animals

Come visit an exhibit of political ephemera in the Jackson Gallery at the Kentucky Building. Bumper stickers, campaign mailings, former Lt. Governor Stephen L. Henry’s emergency kit for survival of the a 1996 Presidential Election, a Democratic cookie cutter, Republican place cards and other artifacts show a glimpse into the Julius Rather Political Ephemera Collection assessible for research via KenCat, the Special Collections Library & Kentucky Museum OPAC ( The WKU exhibit closes December 15th.
Also of interest to citizens and political scientists is the Kentucky political ephemera exhibit at the Georgetown-Scott County Museum. This exhibit includes numerous artifacts and ephemera on loan from our campus and closes on November 30th.

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ERC Print-Release Station

ERC Print-Release Station

The New ERC Print-Release Station

The Educational Resources Center (ERC) has just received a new print-release station for its six public computers. Students use their print allocation, deducted from their WKU IDs to print. In previous years, the ERC had an older laser printer that finally bit the dust just after the Fall 2012 semester began. Print capabilities are a popular service for students, and thanks are due to Interim Libraries’ Dean Connie Foster, Library Public Services Head Dr. Brian Coutts, and Director of Academic Technology Dr. John Bowers and IT/AT teams for their quick installation of the new set-up.

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A Tale of Titanic Survivors


On the evening of November 15, 2012, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Bowling Green, KY, WKU Libraries featured Professor Williams in its Far Away Places talk series. She talked about her book A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival and told the story of  how her great uncle Albert Caldwell’s family were one of the few to survive the sinking of the Titanic. The event was concluded with book signing.

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A “Modern” Campaign

Harrison campaign ribbon, 1840

Harrison campaign ribbon, 1840

It was called the “log cabin and hard cider campaign,” pitting two political warhorses against each other in the 1840 presidential election.  In a now-familiar tactic, Whig candidate William Henry Harrison presented himself as a man of the people, more at home in a log cabin than in the wealthy Virginia household where he grew up.  On the other side was Democratic incumbent Martin Van Buren, who tried to frame the 68-year-old Harrison as an aging hack more suited to sitting in his cabin quaffing cider than leading the country.  But the Harrison campaign doubled down, issuing campaign ribbons declaring “hurrah boys for Harrison and [running mate John] Tyler, / A rough Log Cabin and a barrel of hard cider.”

Every presidential history buff knows how the story ended.  After edging Van Buren in the popular vote to become the nation’s ninth president, Harrison was inaugurated on a cold, damp March day.  He addressed the crowd for two hours sans overcoat or hat, then rode in the inaugural parade.  A month later, he was dead of pneumonia, his term in office the shortest in U.S. history.

A Harrison campaign ribbon touting the “log cabin and hard cider” candidate is part of the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives collections of WKU’s Special Collections Library.  Click here to download a finding aid.  For more collections on presidents and politics, search TopSCHOLAR and KenCat.

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